Massive: The Hunt for the God Particle

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Virgin Books, 2010 - Higgs bosons - 307 pages
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Now fully updated -- this is the dramatic and gripping account of the greatest scientific discovery of our time.
     In the early 1960s, three groups of physicists, working independently in different countries, stumbled upon an idea that would change physics and fuel the imagination of scientists for decades. That idea was the Higgs boson -- to find it would be to finally understand the origins of mass -- the last building block of life itself. Now, almost 50 years later, that particle has finally been discovered.

     Award-winning science writer Ian Sample weaves together the personal stories and intense rivalries of the teams of scientists searching for the particle, Massive is a tale of grand ambition, trans-Atlantic competition, clashing egos and occasionally spectacular failures. From the giant particle colliders built to further the scientists' quest to the political fallout of budget blowouts, debates over whether the search might even destroy the universe, to the incredible discovery of the particle itself, this is an epic story of imagination, personal ambition, sub-atomic exploration and global significance.

     Whichever way you look at it, this story is massive.

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You could skip ahead to the last chapter ( which is the best ) Interesting part about the ' polywater ' catastrophe and all that. First place I've seen anyone talk about ' unparticles ' Read full review

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Massive is the story of the Higgs bosun... except that the Higgs itself never makes an appearance. Sample does a good job of laying out the theoretical and practical background of the search for the ... Read full review

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IAN SAMPLE is an award-winning science correspondent at the Guardian newspaper. He was named investigative journalist of the year in 2005 by the Association of British Science Writers and was previously a feature writer for New Scientist. He holds a PhD in biomedical science from Queen Mary, University of London. Born in Oxfordshire, he now lives in London.

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